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From: Noddy on 19 May 2010 20:04
"Brad" <optional(a)REMOVEgmail.com> wrote in message
> What do the ones you know call themselves?
Radiator repairers or "shops" I suppose. Most just call themselves by their
business name, such as "western radiators" for example, and I've never seen
one call themselves a "radiator specialist".
Considering the level of competency usually needed to repair radiators, it's
hardly surprising :)
From: Noddy on 19 May 2010 20:05
"Milton" <millame23(a)yahoo.com> wrote in message
> Maybe not, but I sure as s#*t knew what a TK test was. Got anything else?
> ; )
Yeah, your googling to see what the procedure actually involved was very
From: jonz on 19 May 2010 20:09
On 5/19/2010 11:30 PM, XR8 Sprintless wrote:
> On 19/05/2010 11:17 PM, Noddy wrote:
>> "XR8 Sprintless"<xr8_sprint(a)hotmail.com> wrote in message
>>> It's a test where they check the gases from the radiator overflow
>>> tank for
>>> traces of exhaust gases. Basically they have a fluid that changes colour
>>> if exhaust gases are present in the radiator overflow tank. A sample of
>>> the air is drawn up into a huge syringe type thing with a bulb at the
>>> of it and it mixes with the fluid.
>> Ah, okay. I've seen them but just never heard them called that before.
>> Presumably the car's got a coolant loss problem, but the overflow tank
>> probably isn't the best place to check for combustion gasses in the
>> What car is it again?
> It's a 2002 AU Falcon wagon I bought about 3 weeks ago. It had a leak
> from the 'o' ring on the lower thermostat housing where the heater pipe
> I think goes in. However the issue is with starting in the morning. It
> never starts first time but coughs and splutters, then when you turn the
> key a second time it fires perfectly. It has a slight miss at idle as
> well and I originally thought it may be a faulty coil pack but had the
> exhaust gas check done on the advice of a customer who is a mechanic.
the no start on first attempt could be caused by a faulty fuel pump
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From: Noddy on 19 May 2010 20:07
"XR8 Sprintless" <xr8_sprint(a)hotmail.com> wrote in message
> I'm not sure what they used however I know they used an exhaust gas
> analyzer on the car. Apparently they can also use them at the radiator cap
> to test for leaks as well.
Indeed they can, and it's a fairly common (and usually very accurate) way to
test for combustion leakage into cooling systems.
From: Feral on 19 May 2010 20:18
XR8 Sprintless wrote:
> On 20/05/2010 9:56 AM, Feral wrote:
>> XR8 Sprintless wrote:
>>> I'm not sure what they used however I know they used an exhaust gas
>>> analyzer on the car. Apparently they can also use them at the radiator
>>> cap to test for leaks as well.
>> I read that also, whilst trying to find out if TK was an acronim, and
>> what it meant.
> I'm guessing it was 'Test Kit' which was probably part of the
> identifying code that the first kit was put out as. It seems though to
> be a worldwide thing as it is mentioned on US sites as well.
I found it on an Oz site.
Tee-Kay Professional Head Check Kit
Look under tools for STE K100. $148.65
Take Care. ~~
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